COOP'2002 Workshop 3
Project Memory



1. Brief technical description

Knowledge management, first considered as a scientist stake becomes more and more, an industrial stake. It is a complex problem that can be tackled from several viewpoints : socio-organizational, financial and economical, technical, human and legal. It involves explicit and persistent representation of knowledge of (geographically) dispersed groups of people in the organization, so as to improve the activities of the organization.

A project memory can be defined as „lessons and experiences from given projectsš or as „project definition, activities, history and resultsš. As in an corporate memory, project memory must consider : project organization, strategies, environement, constraints, design rationale, ....

The challenge is in this type of studies is knowledge capitalization without perturbing actors‚ workspaces and activities. A number of questions is still nowaday:

  • How to keep track of the realization and the evolution of a project ?

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  • How to extract knowledge directly from activities, tools and documents ?
  • How to model quickly this knowledge and represent it in a way that can be easily accessible and usable by enterprise actors ?

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  • How to use techniques to share knowledge ?

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  • How to evaluate the contribution of a project memory in production evolution and innovation ?

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  • We aim in our workshop to discuss these questions based on the works of each other. So, we invite authors to submit a long abstract in any area concerning definition, use, evolution and evaluation of project memory.

    Project memory is an interdisciplinary problem of high interest and can be  considered presently as a very "hot topics" in industry and research. The growing interest in projetc memory studies can be seen through the number of case studies that demonstrate the actual application potential. So there is a growing  community willing and able to attend this workshop.  The COOP as the international conference on cooperation with exceptionally high-quality  contributions provides the ideal platform for such a general meeting point.


    2. Workshop organizing committee

    Liam J. Bannon
    Address:  Director, Interaction Design Centre, CSIS Building,
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
    Tel: +353-61-202632 (direct)            +353-61-202699 (IDC)
    E-mail: liam.bannon@ul.ie
    WWW: http://www.ul.ie/~idc/

    Myriam Lewkowicz
    Address: Université de Technologie de Troyes (GSID/Tech-CICO)
    12, rue Marie Curie BP. 2060, 10010 Troyes Cedex France
    Tel: (+33) 3 25 71 80 67
    E-mail: myriam.lewkowicz@utt.fr

    Nada Matta (Chair)
    Address: Université de Technologie de Troyes (GSID/Tech-CICO)
    12, rue Marie Curie BP. 2060, 10010 Troyes Cedex France
    Tel: (+33) 3 25 71 58 65
    E-mail: nada.matta@utt.fr
     


    3. Contact

    Nada Matta
    Address: Université de Technologie de Troyes (GSID/Tech-CICO)
    12, rue Marie Curie BP. 2060, 10010 Troyes Cedex France
    Tel: (+33) 3 25 71 58 65
    E-mail: nada.matta@utt.fr
     


    4. Qualifications of Organizers

    Liam J. Bannon
  • Currently involved in the setup of CSCW Research Centre at the University of Limerick.
  •      Member of ACM and SIGCHI & SIGCAS.
  •      Consultant on EU ESPRIT Basic Research Action 6225 - COMIC
  •      Member of EU DELTA funded project NECTAR
  •      Member of EU HC&M funded project ENACT
  •      Coordinator of Project 2 of the EU COST-14 Action "CoTech"
  •      Founding and Current Member of Editorial Collective of CSCW: AnInternational Journal
  •      (Kluwer)
  •      Member of Editorial Board of new journal Requirements Engineering
  •      Programme Committee (PC) Member of E-CSCW'89, '91, '93, '95.
  •      PC Chair of 2nd European Conference on CSCW, Amsterdam, 1991.
  •      PC Member of ACM CHI'94, CHI'95 & ACM CSCW'94, USA.
  •      PC Member of Conference on CSCW Design and Groupware Systems, Schaerding,
  •      Austria.
  •      PC Member of INRIA Conference on Design of Cooperative Systems, Nice 1995.
  •      Consultant on EU FAST Programme
  • Myriam Lewkowicz
  • Co-organizer COOP'00 Workshop on cooperative models based on argumentation in problem solving, Sophia-Antipolis, 2000.
  • Co-organizer of CITE'2001, conferences on Cooperation, Innovation and Technologies, Troyes, November, 2001.
  • Nada Matta
  • Co-organizer of the ECAI'98 Workshop "Building, Maintaining, and Using Organizational Memories (OM-98)" ,August, 23th - 24th.
  • Co-Chair of IJCAI'99 Workshop on Knowledge Management and Organizational Memory, Stockholm, July-August  1999.
  • Co-organizer of Track on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Distribution through the Internet, at the Eleventh Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition, Modeling, and Management (KAW'99), Banff, Canada, October, 1999.
  • Chair of COOP'00 Workshop on cooperative models based on argumentation in problem solving, Sophia-Antipolis, 2000.
  • Co-Chair of ECAI'00 Workshop on Knowledge Management and Organizational Memory, Berlin, August  2000.
  • Co-Chair of IJCAI'01 Workshop on Knowledge Management and Organizational Memory, Seatle, August  2001.
  • Chair of CITE'2001, conferences on Cooperation, Innovation and Technologies, Troyes, November, 2001.
  • Co-Chair of ECAI'02 Workshop on Knowledge Management and Organizational Memory, Lyon, July, 2002.

  • 5. Potential attendees

    There is an worldwide growing interest on project memory, and a lot of researchers and developers in different disciplines (e.g. CSCW, Business Process Modeling, Databases, Information Retrieval, Case Based Reasoning, Organization science) are working in the field of Organizational Memories. Interested people can  be reached through the Knowledge Acquisition Workshops (KAW, EKAW and PKAW) and  through the knowledge acquisition and engineering resources (e.g. mailing lists kaw@swi.psy,uva.nl, orgmem@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de).  Furthermore, we hope to attract not only people from academia, but also from industry. We hope to bring together people from both areas, namely
  •  people who have an organizational perspective on project memory, e.g. have practical experience in introducing knowledge management in organisations, or are concerned with more theoretical approaches to managing the resource "knowledge".
  •  people with an information technology point of view on Knowledge Management and project memory who, e.g., have developed tools for project memory, or are investigating on a more theoretical level technological frameworks for project memory.

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    We expect about 15 participants. The workshop can be take place for 1 day.


    6. Schedule and Agenda

    The workshop is aimed to be a high communicative meeting place. So, one of the main goals is to bring together researchers working on similar topics, but from different communities (sociology, and organization science as well as in computer science). In order to achieve these goals, talks should be no longer than 10 minutes. Each author is encouraged to read another accepted paper and to comment on it after the original talk was given. That gives a thesis and an antithesis which will help to start the discussion. If some topics turn out to be of high interest, we will schedule working groups to allow further discussions. The presentations will be gathered by themes. At the end of each theme, there will be a general discussion. 

    Submission format

    Contributions are invited in the form of a long abstract paper (max. 2 pages). The title page should include name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the contributor. Papers will be judged on their contribution to the discussion, and some will be selected for presentation. Papers have to be submitted electronically (in PostScript or HTML or pdf)  to the contact person. The proceedings will be published on the WWW and as a report.

    Program committee (To be confirmed)